You're right. I shouldn't listen to conspiracy theories. I'm just a bit cautious. We have other more important issues we need to work on, and he's concentrating on trying to change the date, not for sister OO churches, but for the Western churches. It sends a wrong message to many people in our church, many who I have met think we are all just "one Church".
Do you really think that this proposal will go anywhere? Again, there is a lot of talk between the Roman Pope and the EP about unity and this and that.....in the end, NOTHING.
It is just talk. It isn't totally useless, as it has fostered a good neighbor policy (which is great to have). But, I don't see Mt. Athos or anybody else under the EP in a particular hurry to enter communion with Old Rome.
People will think what they want to think. The Coptic Pope still answers to your Synod does he not? Trust in that. Sure it might make some folks in the so called diaspora cranky, but what can you do?